Battery test technician

Description

Battery test technicians use positive and negative wired plugs to test battery’s resistance capacity. They also test rejected batteries to determine their flaws.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to battery test technician:

battery test lab technologist
battery test lab technology specialist
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battery diagnostic testing technician
battery test technologist
battery tech
battery test engineer
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battery test technology expert
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battery test lab technology expert
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technician in battery testing
battery inspector
battery quality technician
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tester of batteries
battery test laboratory technology expert
battery inspection technician
technician in battery inspection
battery test technology specialist
battery diagnostic test technician
test technician, batteries
battery test laboratory technology specialist
battery tester

Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma is generally the minimum required to work as a battery test technician.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Battery test technician is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Battery test technician career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to battery test technician.

electrical equipment inspector
electronic equipment inspector
battery assembler
automated optical inspection operator
control panel tester

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of battery test technician. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of battery test technician with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

computer hardware test technician
calibration technician
electrical equipment production supervisor
avionics inspector
electronics production supervisor

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of battery test technician.

  • Quality assurance procedures: The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.
  • Battery fluids: The characteristics and properties of battery fluids.
  • Electrical equipment regulations: The national and international regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of electrical equipment on the workfloor. These regulations provide rules and guidelines on topics such as general risk management, electrical equipment manufacture, electrical equipment testing, electrical equipment installation, warning labels, and certificates.
  • Electrical discharge: The qualities and applications of electrical discharge, including voltage and electrodes.
  • Instrument performance elements: Elements that indicate or influence instrument performance. A first indication of the performance of the instrument is the accuracy or precision of the instrument, such as its response time, resolution, and range. A second indication of performance is the technical performance of the instrument, such as its power level, the electromagnetic interference, and transient voltages. A third indication of performance are environmental factors that can influence instrument performance, such as humidity, operating temperatures, or dust.
  • Battery chemistry: The different battery types according to the representative chemical components used in the anode or the cathode such as zinc-carbon, nickel-metal hydride, lead-acid, or lithium-ion.
  • Battery components: The physical components, such as wiring, electronics and voltaic cells that can be found in batteries. The components vary according to size and type of battery.
  • Battery testers: Electronic devices that test the state of batteries. Battery testers can test the charge present in battery cells, test the battery’s capacity for accumulating charge and detect flaws that may influence the battery’s performance, depending on the type of battery tester.
  • Electrical testing methods: Test procedures performed on electrical equipment and machinery in order to check the performance and quality of the electrical equipment and their adherence to specifications. During these tests electrical properties, such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance, are measured using electrical measuring equipment, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of battery test technician.

  • Inspect quality of products: Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.
  • Measure electrical characteristics: Measure voltage, current, resistance or other electrical characteristics by using electrical measuring equipment such as multimeters, voltmeters, and ammeters.
  • Read assembly drawings: Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.
  • Perform product testing: Test processed workpieces or products for basic faults.
  • Monitor manufacturing quality standards: Monitor quality standards in manufacturing and finishing process.
  • Operate battery test equipment: Operate equipment used for battery testing, such as a soldering iron, a battery tester, or a multimeter. Detect flaws affecting the battery’s performance, test the battery’s capacity for accumulating charge, or test its voltage output.
  • Analyse test data: Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.
  • Meet deadlines: Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
  • Report defective manufacturing materials: Maintain required company records and forms in order to report any defective materials or questionable conditions of manufacturing machinery and equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of battery test technician. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Electrical engineering: Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
  • Waste removal regulations: Know and understand the regulations and legal agreements governing the performance of waste removal activities.
  • Electrochemistry: Subdiscipline of chemistry that studies the chemical reactions that take place during the interaction of an electrolyte, a chemical substance that works as an ionic conductor, and an electrode, or an electrical conductor. Electrochemistry deals with the electrical charge that moves between the electrolyte and electrodes and studies the interaction between chemical changes and electrical energy. Electrochemistry is famously used in the manufacture of batteries.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of battery test technician. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions: Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.
  • Remove defective products: Remove defective materials from the production line.
  • Maintain electrical equipment: Test electrical equipment for malfunctions. Take safety measures, company guidelines, and legislation concerning electrical equipment into account. Clean, repair and replace parts and connections as required.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste: Dispose of dangerous materials such as chemical or radioactive substances according to environmental and to health and safety regulations.
  • Follow up complaint reports: Follow up complaints or accident reports in order to take adequate measures to solve problems. Contact the relevant authorities or internal staff to provide solutions in various situations.
  • Repair battery components: Repair battery components through replacing cells, repairing wiring, or spot-welding cells.
  • Oversee stock quality control: Check overall product quality prior to shipment.
  • Research equipment needs: Research equipment or required machine parts; compare sources, prices and delivery times.
  • Maintain test equipment: Maintain equipment used for testing the quality of systems and products.
  • Perform sample testing: Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.
  • Liaise with engineers: Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.
  • Send faulty equipment back to assembly line: Send equipment that didn’t pass inspection back to the assembly line for re-assembly.
  • Keep records of work progress: Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.
  • Prepare samples for testing: Take and prepare samples for testing, verify their representability; avoid bias and any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination. Provide clear numbering, labelling and recording of the sample details, in order to make sure that the results can be accurately matched to the original material.
  • Write inspection reports: Write the results and conclusions of the inspection in a clear and intelligible way. Log the inspection’s processes such as contact, outcome, and steps taken.
  • Write records for repairs: Write records of the repairs and maintenance interventions undertaken, of parts and materials used, and other repair facts.

ISCO group and title

7543 – Product graders and testers (excluding foods and beverages)


References
  1. Battery test technician – ESCO
Last updated on October 22, 2022

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